Clitoral hood lift Saarland

Clitoral hood lift: information on the treatment

The clitoral hood, also known as the “clitoral hood”, is a special tissue made of skin and mucous membrane that covers the clitoris. The clitoral hood protects against irritation and hypersensitivity. The size of the cl itoral hood varies. In some cases, the clitoral hood can protrude over the labia minora. These changes are often hereditary.

The excess foreskin can take on different proportions, which can be corrected surgically. In around 15% of patients, the clitoral hood is corrected in conjunction with a reduction of the labia minora. The clitoral hood is reduced using a gentle technique, whereby the subcutaneous tissue and thus the sensitivity to touch is spared.

Below we explain what you should know about a clitoral hood lift. We would be happy to advise you in a discreet and personal consultation in our practice.

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  • Feel confident in front of your partner again
  • More quality of life and pleasure again
  • Professional advice
  • Personal aftercare

The incision used to reduce the clitoral hood can affect the position of the clitoris. For aesthetic or functional reasons, the clitoris can be moved towards the vaginal entrance as part of foreskin reduction. This can increase the excitability of the clitoris during sexual intercourse.

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Information at a glance

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Operation duration

1 hour

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6 weeks

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Local anesthesia / twilight sleep

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Thread tension

Self-dissolving threads

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Socially acceptable

after 5 days

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Additions or alternatives

Labia reduction

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The anatomy of the clitoris

The Greek physician Rufus of Ephesus described the center of female sexual desire around 110 AD. He therefore called the area the clitoris (kleitoris), from which the word kleitoriazein (literally “to tickle” or “to clitorize” in ancient Greek) is derived 1 . The first modern description of the clitoris is attributed to Colombo in 1559. The average diameter of the glans is about 3.5 by 5 millimeters with a total length of the clitoris of about 16 millimeters 2 . The clitoris lies about 25 millimeters above the urethral opening 3 . The externally recognizable parts of the clitoris are the glans (glans), the prepuce (prepuce) and the paired vestibular bulb (bulbus vestibuli). The paired legs (crus clitoridis) and the paired erectile tissue (corpus cavernosum clitoridis), the suspensory ligament (ligamentum suspensorium clitoridis) and the clitoral root are not visible from the outside. The glans contains a high density of sensory cells. The cells include the Pacinian corpuscles, which react to vibration, and the Meissner corpuscles, which are very sensitive to touch. The sensory stimuli travel along the paired head nerves to the pudendal nerve. The nerves enter the spinal cord at the level of the sacrum. Impulses are then sent to the splanchnic nerves of the pelvis in nerve circuits. The nerves increase blood flow and lead to a tightening of certain muscles, for example in the vagina.

One of the most common concerns with clitoral hood surgery is loss of sensation or hypersensitivity. The Internet often contains polarizing, oversimplified information. It is often not differentiated which operation was performed in the genital area, at what age, for what reason and with what expertise. The sensation after clitoral hood lift and labia reduction was therefore specifically investigated by researchers. Their work was reviewed by independent experts. The surgical results of women in the USA between the ages of 18 and 51 (average 34 years) who opted for intimate surgery mainly for aesthetic reasons were examined. It has been shown that a clitoral hood lift and labiaplasty do not lead to reduced sensitivity in the genital area. 44 percent of the women had more frequent sexual intercourse six months after the operation. In 35 percent of women, the climax was reached more frequently and felt more intense than before the operation 4 . The results are not surprising, as similar breast skin tightening techniques do not affect the sensitivity of the nipples. Sex life is influenced by a variety of factors. The influencing factors range from emotions to physical problems. An aesthetic experience, whether in nature or in art, can touch or move us, even give us goose bumps. It therefore stands to reason that aesthetic satisfaction, which goes hand in hand with an improvement in self-esteem, can lead to an improvement in sexual function.

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Procedure for a clitoral hood lift


Before every operation, we routinely check several times whether all the necessary precautions have been taken to ensure the highest possible level of patient safety. The intimate surgery is only started once all the points on the checklist have been ticked off.

If the clitoral hood correction is performed under sedation, you will be given medication to relieve your anxiety and significantly reduce the sensation of pain. An anesthetic cream is then applied so that you do not even feel the anesthetic injections.

Within 5 to 10 minutes, the surgical areas will be numb, so that you will only feel that something is happening on the surface of your body if you are not already deeply asleep.

The OP

The excess skin is first measured and the incision is marked. The operation plan is checked again. The cut is always based on the customized planning, usually as an inverted “V” in the folds. In order to be able to work with the greatest precision, the operation is performed using magnifying glasses. The excess skin is then gently removed. Finally, the wound is closed with fine stitches. These dissolve on their own after about three weeks.

The outpatient procedure takes about 30 minutes.

After the procedure

Immediately after the operation, you will be continuously monitored in the recovery room. When you are fully awake, you can have a drink. If you feel well enough, you are also allowed to eat something if you tolerate it well. You will be supported by CenterPlast nursing staff when you go to the toilet for the first time. Check-up appointments are then arranged and the behavioral measures are discussed with you in detail. Before you leave the practice, you will also receive a comprehensive written report and a telephone number.

You can reach the surgeon on this number 24 hours a day in an emergency.
Before, after and even during clitoral surgery, you can watch movies / your favorite series with virtual reality glasses. This is entertaining on the one hand, of course, but it has been proven that the distraction it creates also helps to reduce sensitivity to pain.

What are the risks of a clitoral hood lift?

The tightening of the clitoral hood is usually performed in combination with a reduction of the labia minora in a single operation. Numerous studies report an overall satisfaction rate of 90 to 95 percent after clitoral hood lift and labia reduction. In 80 to 85 percent of patients, their sex life improved. Complications such as wound healing disorders occur in around four percent of cases. Careful preparation and adherence to precautionary measures after the operation help to reduce the risk. Swelling is usually temporary, but can last up to three months in individual cases. Slight cooling in the first few days and physical rest for a few weeks prevent swelling. Nerve injuries and scar pain cannot be ruled out, but are unlikely 5 .

Dr. Adelana Santos Stahl has a unique international perspective with a female view of plastic surgery. Your individual and detailed approach is the key to the beautiful and natural results. Having trained in Brazil, one of the largest and best-known countries for aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, she understands her patients’ desire to look and feel their best.

She completed her medical studies and training as a specialist in plastic and aesthetic surgery in Brazil. In 2009, she also successfully passed the German equivalence examinations for the state medical examination.

Two years later, in 2011, she received the German and in 2012 the EU specialist certification (EBOPRAS) for plastic surgery. From 2009 to 2013, she deepened her knowledge of aesthetic and reconstructive facial surgery with world-renowned representatives of plastic surgery such as Professor Gubisch at the Marienhospital and Madame Firmin in Paris.

A VDÄPC Fellowship (continuing scholarship for graduate students) in Switzerland, France and the USA has further enriched her professional experience. Dr. Santos Stahl is active in various renowned professional associations. In addition to the DGPRÄC and DGBT, she is also a member of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery – SBCP.

She is also the author of several scientific articles and, together with her husband, is dedicated to research and clinical studies in the field of plastic surgery.

She has been based in Saarbrücken since 2019.

  1. Charlier P, et al., 2020, Arch Sex Behav ↩︎
  2. Verkauf BS, et al., 1992, Obstet Gynecol ↩︎
  3. Kreklau A., et al., 2018, BJOG ↩︎
  4. Placik OJ, et al., 2015, Plast Reconstr Surg ↩︎
  5. Iglesia CB, et al., 2013, Int Urogynecol J ↩︎

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